This displays a select on useful resources for this unit.

Text Resources:

Text resources are still of value, as they give students a resource that is avaiable at all times. Text resources are not restricted by power outages or servers going down.
Amazing Leonardo Da Vinci: Inventions you can build yourself.
This is a great book that is designed for students of Year 5/6 to 7/8, and beyond. It has a range of information for students about Leonardo Da Vinci, and has a variety of activities students can engage with to do what Leonardo Da Vinci did.

Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer.

This book seeks to show the mind of Leonardo. This is a great inspirational book of the life of a genius. It has reference to Leonardos work, and does this while trying to portray who Leonardo was.

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists.
This book is an easier read than all the others. It has examples of the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, and uses cartoons to dramatise the thinking of Leonardo.

Leonardo Da Vinci.

This book speends a lot of time portraying Da Vinci's Paintings, however it does touch on alll areas of Da Vinci's work. It also has some illustration to help explain some of how Leonardo's work works. The language might be quite complicated, but the illustrations and pictures will be of inerest for students.

Leonardo Da Vinci: The Complete Paintings.

This text resource is only of the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci. The great thing with this book is the enlargements of parts of Leonardo's paintings to be able to take in the full detail. It also has fold out pages to further get better views of paintings, as shown in the picture above right.

Here are a few more texts that may be of interest:

Web Based Resources:

Web based resources are an useful resource, as there is so many of them. They give you the option to be able to collect a wide range of resources and easily compare the information.
Philosophy Blog: The Machines of Leonardo Da Vinci.

This website is someones blog, so becareful of some of the links on the left hand side. However, the photos of some models of Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions are very informative. This pictures can also be enlarged.

Inventive Genius.

This is a great website that does biographies on famous inventors. Included in this list is Leonardo Da Vinci.

Wikipedia: Leonardo Da Vinci.

Wikipedia is always good as a source of information. This page that biographises Leonardo Da Vinci is very interesting. This page is a great link to help students find their ten key points or answer their three questions.

**Google Timeline**: Leonardo Da Vinci
This details events in Leonardo's life, and the event based around him after his death up until present time. This could also be used to help students to create their ten key points and answer their three questions.

Musuem of Science: Leonardo.Leomuseum.jpg


This site is based around a display about Leonardo Da Vinci. Within this site there are many tools that are useful to investigate the gears and cogs that Da Vinci invented. There are also a number of activities that can be used by the teacher.

The Man Who Wanted to know Everything.
This is part one of the documentry about Leonardo Da Vinci called "The man who wanted to know everything". The other two parts are also available through this site. If this site is not working, it is possible to access this documentry through YouTube.

**Blair Somerville on Campbell Live**:
This a text story about Blair Somerville and what he does. This site also has a link to a video story about Blair Somerville.

Automaton from Wikipedia:
This is a general desription about automaton.

Other Resources:

The decession for the use of a Wikispace was that it was free, easy to use, and that it can be edited by the students. With Wikispaces having a free option to sign up for means that the access to a Wikispace is available to everyone. To ability to edit the site needs to be able to done effectively, as Wikispaces have similar editing tools as Microsoft Word and other word processing tools it means acquiring the skills to operate Wikispaces is easily done. The ability to allow students to be able to edit the Wikispace means students can have more ownership over the classes work and it does not become totally teacher driven. As a Wikispace is a web based resource, it means that parents can access the work of their children easily. Students can also access the work at home.

Digital Camera:
A digital camera is a great resource to record work of students. Especially, in an unit like this one, where students have to create so much. A visual record will give much more value to a students work than what they may be able to create with words alone. A digital camera does not need to be like the one pictured, but can be a standard still camera that has a movie function will work.

Laptops/Desktop Computers:
A computer is a must for this unit, as it is directed from a web based source. So access to the internet is also needed, preferable wireless. Wireless will allow students to work at their own space, rather than clogging a shared space.

Digital Projector:
To display the movies to the class it is of great benfit to display them on a digital projector to make it easier to view by all students.

You Tube:

On Youtube there is an expansive collection of videos about Leonardo Da Vinci. There is only a handful found within this Wiki. To find more information about something specific about Leonardo Da Vinci it of worth to do a search on YouTube.

Windows Movie Maker:
This is one of many video editing software. I suggest using the software you are familar with. This software would be used to tidy up any footage taken by students before posting it to the Wiki.

Google Images:
When developing any of the cogs or gears, or even for the final exercise Google Images will be useful to help students get a visual record of the system they are trying replicate in their design.

This is one of many search engines, use the one you prefer. A search engine is a great tool to find information on the internet.

Delicious is a web based resource that allows you select a number of web pages and select them as bookmarks. The web based resource from this unit could be added to a Delicious, or any extra web based resources you find are of value. This a useful resource as it gives you control over what students use.